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January 25, 2022
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has apologized for mistakenly saying that he did not attend a disputed meeting in 1980 while serving as archbishop of Munich and Freising. In a statement published in the German Catholic weekly Die Tagepost on Jan. 24, the 94-year-old retired pope said that the mistake was the result of an editing
January 24, 2022
A Catholic politician has objected to her inclusion in a report on Islamophobia in Europe, saying that it is based on “false accusations.” Marijana Petir, a member of the Croatian parliament, said that the reference to her and others in the European Islamophobia Report 2020, published on Dec. 29 to inform policy-makers globally of the
January 21, 2022
Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is praying for abuse victims in the wake of a report on the handling of abuse cases in Germany’s Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s private secretary, told reporters that the retired pope would read the extensive study in the coming days, reported CNA Deutsch,
January 20, 2022
A long-awaited report on the handling of abuse cases in Germany’s Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has criticised Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx. The study found fault with the 94-year-old retired German pope’s handling of four cases during his time in charge of the southern German archdiocese. Media reports had previously focused
January 18, 2022
A former government minister facing jail after tweeting a Bible verse said that her trial next week will be a test of religious freedom. Päivi Räsänen, a physician and mother of five, explained that she had a “calm mind” ahead of the criminal trial beginning on Jan. 24. “I trust that we still live in
January 15, 2022
After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the Pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter. Javier Martínez-Brocal, director of the Rome-based news agency Rome Reports, tweeted a black-and-white photo of the Pope exiting a record store near the Pantheon in Rome. The photo went viral as
January 13, 2022
A Catholic bishop has criticised leaders of Germany’s “Synodal Way” for delaying a debate on gender-neutral language. In a Jan. 7 open letter, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg accused organizers of failing to keep a promise to hold a discussion at the Synodal Way’s next plenary session in February. “I protest against this approach. Once
January 11, 2022
Pope Francis has lamented “cancel culture” in his address to diplomats at the Vatican. Delivering his annual “state of the world” address on Jan. 10, the pope said that international organizations were increasingly pursuing “divisive” agendas at odds with the longstanding values of many countries. “Not infrequently, the center of interest has shifted to matters
January 01, 2022
Twenty-two Catholic missionaries were killed around the world in 2021, half of them in Africa, according to a report released by the Fides News Agency. Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reported that of the 22 missionaries killed in 2021, 13 were priests, two were women religious, one was
December 26, 2021
Giving his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis urged leaders to be open to dialogue to resolve the world’s many “conflicts, crises, and disagreements.” Speaking from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square , the pope said that people had become so accustomed to disputes that “by now we hardly
December 23, 2021
Pope Francis has urged Vatican officials to undergo a “synodal conversion” and to walk the path of humility. In his annual pre-Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia, the pope said that the Holy See’s administrative institutions should be a model for the worldwide Catholic Church. “The Curia — let’s not forget — is
December 13, 2021
France’s interior minister on Saturday condemned threats made against Catholics taking part in a Marian procession in the western suburbs of Paris. Gérald Darmanin deplored what he said were “unacceptable acts” during a torchlight procession in Nanterre on Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. “Freedom of worship must be able to be exercised
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